Patents Examined by Melissa Lalli
  • Patent number: 8333024
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a pivot portion including a plurality of flex grooves is disclosed. The plurality of flex grooves provides increased flexibility in different portions of a sole of the article. In addition, a periphery of the sole includes sole pods to increase the traction on the periphery of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Marie Catherine Fallow, Timothy S. Ferrigan, Patricia J. Graser, Young jin Kim, Bradley S. Long, Ann-Marie Paz, Christine L. Saito, Helen Woo
  • Patent number: 8322050
    Abstract: A footwear sole includes an upper surface and a lower surface. The lower surface includes a plurality of tread members formed thereon. The tread members include a plurality of projections or lugs of various sizes and shapes which are grouped together into specific patterns. The material from which the projections are formed increases the shoe sole's ability to resist slipping on floor surfaces which are covered with oil, water, soap, etc. The shape and pattern of the projections or lugs enable them to resist flexing and disengaging the floor surface. This increases the footwear sole's ability to resist slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Shoes For Crews, LLC
    Inventor: Randy N. Lubart
  • Patent number: 8307570
    Abstract: A system for attaching a shoe upper to a shoe bottom through the use of elastic loops attached to the perimeter edge of the upper, the elastic loops being fitted to corresponding channels molded into the sidewall and lower surface of the shoe bottom. Easy attachment and removal of the shoe upper allows for replacement of the shoe upper with an alternative upper of a different color, pattern, or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Urshuz Inc.
    Inventor: Grant Delgatty
  • Patent number: 8291615
    Abstract: An inner sole structure for a sports shoe includes an upper sheet, a lower sheet below the upper sheet, and a wavy corrugated sheet interposed between the upper and lower sheets. The wavy corrugated sheet has at least two downwardly convex protrusions that form voids between the wavy corrugated sheet and the lower sheet, and that are in sliding contact with an upper surface of the lower sheet. The downwardly convex protrusions of the wavy corrugated sheet slide longitudinally along the lower sheet member when they are subjected to compressive deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Kenjiro Kita, Kazuhiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8281503
    Abstract: A multi-position heel assembly is structured and arranged to be integrally formed with or mechanically connected to a shoe. The assembly includes: a chassis; a heel connected to the chassis and rotatable relative to the chassis about an axis; and a locking mechanism including an actuator that is axially translatable along the axis. The locking mechanism selectively allows rotation of the heel relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Robert F. Savill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8272148
    Abstract: A sports shoe has a sole S absorbing a shock of landing, an upper U covering an instep of a foot, and a fastening member 3 fitting the upper U to the instep of the foot. The upper U has a first opening 1 from which a leg extends upwardly during wearing and a second opening 2 which is closed with a tongue, and the first and second openings 1, 2 are continuous with each other in a front-rear direction, the upper comprises a medial side portion 7 covering a medial side surface of the foot, a lateral side portion 8 covering a lateral side surface of the foot, and stretchable portions 71, 81 forming a part of the medial side portion 7 and/or the lateral side portion 8, and the second opening 2 inclines toward the medial side of the foot along a ridge line of the foot as the second opening extends toward a front of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: ASICS Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Norihiro Nishikawa, Yosuke Ootsuka
  • Patent number: 8256146
    Abstract: An infant shoe includes a shoe outsole defining a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. The outsole defines a substantially arcuate shape along both the longitudinal and transverse axes. A shoe upper is secured to the shoe outsole. The shoe upper and the shoe outsole together define curved side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Stride Rite Corporation
    Inventor: Marc R. Loverin
  • Patent number: 8234799
    Abstract: A cleat arrangement is configured for use with an article of footwear comprises a receptacle, a cleat, and a retaining ring. The receptacle is provided in the sole of the footwear. The cleat includes a projecting member and a retaining surface. The retaining surface is configured to fit within the receptacle with the projecting member extending from the receptacle. The retaining ring fits over the cleat and engages the retaining surface of the cleat positioned within the receptacle and the projecting member of the cleat extending through the retaining ring. The retaining ring releasably engages the receptacle such that the retaining ring holds the cleat within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Michael Kokavec
  • Patent number: 8220186
    Abstract: Footwear sole structures include: (a) a chassis member including a lateral side, a rear heel portion, and a medial side, wherein the chassis member includes an opening defined between the medial side and the lateral side; (b) an impact-attenuating member engaged with the chassis member, wherein the impact-attenuating member includes a lateral side arm and a medial side arm that extend toward a forefoot portion of the sole structure, and wherein the impact-attenuating member further includes a rear heel portion joining the lateral and medial side arms; and (c) an outsole element extending beneath the impact-attenuating member, wherein the outsole element extends around the rear heel portion of the impact-attenuating member and engages the rear heel portion of the chassis member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Nomi, Jason C. Mayden, Gjermund Haugbro
  • Patent number: 8205358
    Abstract: Breathable and flexible footwear for infants and young children include an upper, a sole, and a thread. The upper having upper-holes around the upper peripheral. The sole having a lip portion on the sole peripheral, wherein the lip portion having sole-holes around the sole peripheral. The thread attaching the upper and the sole through the upper-holes and the sole-holes, and forming a set of stitches, wherein at least one ripple is formed between two sets of stitches, and wherein the thread is embedded in the lip portion and between the ripples. The set of stitches comprising the thread coming though a first upper-hole and entering the sole-hole of the lip portion, such that the thread forms an angled stitch on the lip portion, and wherein the thread then goes through a second upper-hole and exits from a third upper-hole, such that the thread forms a horizontal stitch on the inside of the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Pediped Infant Footwear, LLC
    Inventors: Angela Edgeworth, Brian Edgeworth
  • Patent number: 8205355
    Abstract: A sole structure for a sports shoe includes a wavy corrugated plate that is disposed at a heel region of the sole structure and that has corrugations around the heel circumferential portion. The amplitude or height of each corrugation becomes gradually greater toward the heel circumferential edge. The sole structure further includes pillar members formed of rubber and disposed around the heel circumferential portion on the bottom surface of the wavy corrugated plate. The top surfaces of the pillar members include inclined surfaces that slope downwardly as they progress outwardly from the heel central portion toward the heel circumferential edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuo Kawai
  • Patent number: 8181366
    Abstract: A ski boot for ski mountaineering or telemark skiing including a shell of plastic material and a sole. A first longitudinal cut in the shell defines two sides which allow the entry of the foot of the skier. A second cut in the shell, transverse to, and opening into the first cut, is formed in the front section of the shell. The first and second cuts form a longitudinal slot in the shell; stops are located at opposite ends of the slot. In the preferred embodiment, a peg with an enlarged head is slit within the slot to adjust the flexibility of the boot in the longitudinal direction. In the alternative embodiment, a gaiter and a profiled element are located in the area of the first cut and the second cut in the shell. A peg with an enlarged head is slid with aligned slots in the shell, gaiter, and profiled element, to adjust the flexibility of the shell in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Ober ALP S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Sartor, Piero Fenato
  • Patent number: 8176657
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly. The sole assembly is secured to the upper and includes a support assembly. The support assembly has a plurality of primary tubular members spaced from one another and extending laterally across at least a portion of the sole assembly. A plurality of secondary tubular members extends laterally across at least a portion of the sole assembly, with each secondary tubular member positioned between and interconnecting a pair of adjacent primary tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Schinlder, Elizabeth P. Barnes, Randall S. Wolfe, Bruce J. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 8176658
    Abstract: A shoe, including a sandal, with a transparent plastic film visible display within a permanent pouch or detachable showcase, constructed to receive, retain and display interchangeable inserts. Insert array blanks provide for Do It Yourself heat or pressure sensitive adhesive applications or can be Pre Customized fashion designs, both with quick and easy in and out insertion and replacement to match or coordinate with a variety of fashionable ensembles. The pouch or detachable showcase is mounted on the shoe in a manner which retains the insert in a substantially constant position while the wearer of the shoe is walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Marcella Miriam Katz
  • Patent number: 8161665
    Abstract: An impact absorbing material for a footwear article includes a first sheet having a plurality of projections for dispersing the force of an impact and a second sheet, having a lower durometer than the first sheet, that is bonded to the first sheet for absorbing the force from the projections. The projections are arranged on the first sheet such that nonlinear gaps are formed between adjacent pairs of projections. The impact absorbing material may be positioned between an upper and an inner liner of the footwear article and may be selectively positioned on the footwear article to protect an area on the wearer that is vulnerable to impact, such as the wearer's feet, ankles, heels or calves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakano
  • Patent number: 8161666
    Abstract: A novel shoe construction provides a unique aesthetically pleasing appearance to a shoe while also reinforcing the shoe construction. In the shoe construction, the shoe is provided with a first upper that extends upwardly from the shoe sole and is secured around a wearer's foot by adjustable fasteners such as lacing, and a second upper that extends upwardly from the shoe sole and is separate from and overlaps the first upper on opposite sides of the shoe and at the rear of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Converse Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy K. Liles
  • Patent number: 8151491
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a strap and a fastener is disclosed. The article of footwear is reversible by configuring the article in two different positions. The article of footwear may include a sole having a first side configured to contact a ground surface in a first position and a second side configured to contact a ground surface in a second position. The article of footwear may include a strap that may be selectively affixed to the second side of the sole in a first position and the first side of the sole in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Sarantakos
  • Patent number: 8141273
    Abstract: A footwear item including an upper portion; at least one lace passing through eyelets arranged along the edges of an opening on the front the upper portion, and that tightens, thereby drawing the edges of the opening closer to each other, when pulled in a fastening direction; a string locking arrangement, provided in the upper portion having one or more passages in which the at least one lace is inserted and is capable of sliding when the wearer pulls it, while being capable of being retained there by a lock when it is at rest. The lock including an oscillating locking member in contact with the at least one lace to slide when the latter is pulled in the fastening direction, and which gets attached onto the at least one lace and locks it in position when the latter undergoes a tension in a direction opposite to the fastening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Tecnica SpA
    Inventors: Sergio Stramare, Marco Breda
  • Patent number: 8132342
    Abstract: A sandal assembly includes a base that has top side, a bottom side, a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge, a front edge and a rear edge. A foot strapping system to releasably secure a foot to the base includes a first tether that has a free first end and a free second end. Each of the first and second ends is removably extended into the top side of the base. The top side of the base includes a plurality of wells extending therein. Each of the wells receives one of the first and second ends. A first well of the plurality of wells is positioned adjacent to the first lateral edge and a second well of the plurality of wells is positioned adjacent to the second lateral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Alma J. Moon
  • Patent number: 8132341
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting a shoe into a high heeled type of shoe or a medium high heeled type of shoe or a low heeled type of shoe or a type of shoe that does not include an additional heel to extend the thickness of the sole includes a heel that is detachably-attachable with respect to the pair of shoes. A bayonet mount is used to secure a detachable heel to each of the pair of shoes. A mechanical latch that includes a release member prevents accidental release and loosening of the heel. Additional pair of heels that include the bayonet mount are used when a different height, color, or appearance is desired. If desired, the shoes can be used without heels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Megan Doreen Laramore